Melia Roma Hotel, Rome
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Clean, spacious, modern, friendly stafffrom A TripAdvisor Member
We arrived at Roma Tiburtini, took the train to Barberini (via Termini), and the hotel shuttle picked us up around the Bernini Hotel, taking us back to the hotel. They run several shuttles every day to both the Vatican and to Barberini (which is close to the Trevi Fountain). The earliest bus leaves the hotel at 8:00AM and drops you off at the Ottaviani metro station around 8:25AM, which is a very short walk to the Vatican. The first bus to the Barberini metro station leaves the hotel around 9:30AM, and it takes a little over a half an hour to get there. The last bus leaves Barberini around 11:30PM, bringing you back to the hotel a little after midnight. The shuttle is a big white bus with the hotel name (written pretty small) on the side of it.
It's funny - every morning that we left the hotel on the shuttle, we would drive pass a herd of sheep and a couple horses! The hotel is located in a green, relaxing area, but a very far walk from public transportation. It was nice to get out of the city after being there all day.
The hotel itself is very business like and modern (not in a W Hotel sort of way, but more like a very newly done Sheraton or Westin). Our room was pretty spacious (we only had a regular room) with a king size bed, couch, chairs, mini table, desk, and closet. The bathroom was really clean. The thing to remember is that you have to leave your room key in a slot to keep the lights on for an extended period of time.
The front desk staff were very accomodating and spoke English well. I didn't get a chance to try to the restaurant or bar, but the menu looked good. One piece of advice - there are no other dining options other than the hotel's so plan accordingly and bring snacks and water back with you!
I really recommend staying here - the price is incredible given that you're staying in the equivalent of a 4 star hotel with a free shuttle to and from the city center.
Pool Closedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
When we arrived they asked us if we would like to upgrade to a room with a balcony over looking the pool area(16 euros per night extra) which we did. it was then that we found out that the pool was closed. After discussion with the manager he said that the pool was looked after by a service provider and the contract only lasted until 18 Sept, after that the pool is closed and there are no sunbathing facilities either even though the mid day temp was 28deg C.
If you want this you will have to walk down the road to a sports complex.
On the Sunday we were there we decided to take the free courtesy coach to the Vatican but it was full so we could not go unless we paid for our own taxi.
There were also lots of business seminars taking place at the hotel with the usual busy business people all expecting their service before yours,
To sum it up I would say if you do not want too much from the hotel then this is the one for you. This review might seem harsh but this was how it was for my wife and I.
Great stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Too remotefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Nice hotel, lousy locationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Awesome Hotel!from A TripAdvisor Member
Nice but out of the way!from averon5
Rooms: Fine. Not luxurious but clean and fairly spacious.
Food: Only had room service but this was nice - Pizza was around 12 Euros. Did have coffees in the bar. These were expensive even by Rome's standards. Talked to others who had eaten in hotel - Said meals were small and fairly expensive.
Staff: Brilliant. Nothing too much trouble. When shuttle bus was broken one day, ordered taxis instead and paid the fare...
Facilities: Fairly standard... Small outdoor pool, gym and a sauna.
Nice touches: Great map given. Smashing maid service with turn down.
Shuttle bus service was excellent. Bus to the Vatican and Piazza Barberini. both ran frequently with the last bus back at around 11pm. Always on time and clean.
Travelling to hotel: Get a taxi but agree a price. One couple said they had been charged 90 Euros!!!! We only paid about 30 for our return journey.
Caught the train in. Need to change at Trastevere - Rome's ghetto area, which wasn't pleasant. Not all trains stop at Aurelia, just pass through. If, like us, you mistakenly get on an express you can find yourself heading to Pisa! Plus on Sundays stations are deserted of people to ask directions and buy tickets. On top of this when you finally reach the station in Aurelia there are no taxis to be found at the station and it is a long trek up hills and over busy roads to reach the hotel. Trust me, you'll wish you'd caught a cab from the station!!!!!!
Getting about in Rome: From where the shuttle bus stops, you are in spitting distance of the metro which is really easy to use. For 4 Euros you can travel all day on the trams / underground and buses.
Great tip: We bought the AA guide to Rome before we left. Absolutely invaluable. We ate in restaurants featured in the guide and all were fantastic. The only lousy meal we had in the 4 days was in a restaurant just off Piazza Barberini which wasn't in the guide!!!!!!!!
NOT TO BE MISSED:
Dome of St. Peter's. 6 Euros to go up to the top and worth every penny. Try to get there before 9 if you don't want to queue!!!!
While in the area don't miss visiting Castroni's & Franchi's delis. (Via Cola di Rienzo. 196 / 200 respectively) Great coffee and cakes and sandwiches. Things on offer for picnics are fabulous. There's also a fantastic shop selling mini cakes and chocolates on the same side of the road as you head back towards the Vatican.
PIAZZA DI SPAGNA:
Best place to shop. Central location close to Spanish Steps. We tended to get off the metro here - Everywhere is within walking distance from here.
Dolci e doni (Via delle Carrozze 85b) Fantastic for breakfast. Cakes / toast (ham and cheese) and coffee to die for!!!!!!
PizzaRe (Via di Repetta 14) Cheap and cheerful. Huge pizzas that were delicious. Tip for this restaurant.... Get off the metro at Piazza Borghese, walk across square opposite. On the street on the right, just a little way up on the left.
Trevi Fountain - Don't miss visiting the fantastic icecream parlour close by Gelateria di San Crispino (Via della Panetteria 42). Absolutely gorgeous and supposedly best in Italy, hence the best in the world! I'd vouch for that!
If you want an authentic meal try Fiaschetteria Beltramme (Via della Croce 39). Limited menu but good enough for Madonna when she visited Rome.
Had fantastic pasta in Otello alla Concordia (Via della Croce 81). Didn't need to book at lunchtime but recommended for evening. Great mix of locals and tourists. Plain decor but in a romantic courtyard setting. Service was fab and food was really well priced and delicious. I had spaghetti all'Otello as recommended in the guide book even though not featured on the menu. Authentic classic tomato and basil sauce. Gorgeous!!!!
As we walked down to the Colesseum we stopped off at Leonina (Via Leonina 84). Quite tricky to find but persevere because the take out pizza is the best we had during our stay. Classic cheese and tomato was to die for. Sold by weight and cut into small pieces. Don't be put off by how it looks from the outside....We thought we were in the wrong place at first!!!!
We did try to visit Pasqualino's opposite the Colosseum but closed at tea time. Supposedly a very colourful place, lively and frequented by trainee priests from the near by college. (Via dei Santi Quattro 66). Would be worth a visit....
All in all hotel was fine but would recommend that you book a hotel that is more cental in region of Piazza Di Spagna preferably.
And finally, buy the AA guide. Worth every penny!!!!
Very good hotelfrom JeanLucPicard
A great hotel. Only have a bad thing: It is not very near from the center of the city. If you go by the shuttle bus you will be in Rome in, about, 45 minutes. If you go by taxi you will be in 15 minutes.
Lovely place for honeymoonfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Parking, Pool, Perfect!from A TripAdvisor Member
We did not avail ourselves of the free shuttle that runs from the hotel to downtown Rome, as it was more conveneient to just grab one of the numerous taxis that were available. A trip from the hotel to the center of Rome ranged from 10 euro to 20 euro depending on the time of day and day of the week.
As we had rented a car, parking was critical for us. The parking at the Melia was copious, and it is far enough out of Rome that we didn't have to deal with city traffic at all.
Overall, a very pleasant stay. If you plan to spend most of your time touring the historic sites in Rome and you do not need parking, I would recommend staying someplace a little closer to the center of the city however.
Top Local Tips for Rome
The early bird...... Make the effort and get up early. With the sun in the sky, St.Peter's at 8am is awesome. A walk though the forum and on to the Colisseum and you can still beat the crowds.
The cafe outside the Grand Hotel This looked like a nice place, but when we sat down, we saw nothing but tourists around us (always a bad thing..) The waiter were probably the worst I've ever encountered. I know now to never eat at a place that has pictures of the food on offer (bad pictures). They state in the menu that the pizzas and pasta are frozen!! Why we didn't run like h... I don't know. Don't do it. Walk a couple of meters down the street and there are a lot really great places to eat. Pricey but worth every euro and cent!
Get BIT tickets for 1 euro each Use the 75 minutes validity of the ticket wisley and you can take plenty of photohraphs.
Other names for Melia Roma Hotel
- sol melia rome
- rome sol melia
- melia roma aurelia antica hotel
- Address: 223 Via degli Aldobrandeschi - Rome - 00163 - Italy
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